Book Review: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

all-is-not-forgottenAll Is Not Forgotten
Wendy Walker
St. Martin’s Press, July 2016
ISBN: 978-1-250-09791-0

From the first page, most readers are gripped by the relentless intense narrative voice. The brutal rape of a teen-aged girl is horrifying enough in its matter-of-fact almost toneless style. But it is that very style that almost immediately signals something else at work here. And then, a decision is made to subject the victim to memory regression through drug therapy. And the narrative style suddenly changes.

Author Walker is an excellent writer, fine plotter and she understands the subtleties of constructing a story like this one, which is anything but straight forward. Her in-depth knowledge of psychotherapy was undoubtedly of more than passing help.

The story is one of the rape and sadistic torture of a teen-aged young woman at the fringes of a party, the subsequent investigations and a long attempt to identify the perpetrator. Along the way society comes in for some serious cuffs, the drug culture is hung out to dry and family relations are in for an exceedingly rough go. When you see these pieces of the novel here on the screen, you might begin to wonder if it’s worth an effort. Trust me, it is. The novel, for all its darkness, is so beautifully structured and written, it is really, almost impossible to put down. A stunning, deeply introspective thoughtful work.

Reviewed by Carl Brookins, January 2017.
The Case of the Purloined Painting, The Case of the Great Train Robbery, Reunion, Red Sky.